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  • 09/19/2003
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Hi Everybody!

Been really busy lately with the end of the season approaching rather fast. Now is the time when I have to tie up loose ends. Don’t think I have forgotten about all of you as I read FamilySaid at work but haven’t had time to get on line to chat. The stories of the young ones bring back fond memories since my babies are now 17in two weeks, 20 and 22. As I am reading the posts I will just start laughing out loud and can just picture all the stories in my head.

FM- I am so happy that you get to go down to Texas in October. Are you going to try to make it to fire classes? If you ever get to Colorado I would love to show you the natural hotspring where I live surrounded by 14,000ft mountains.

Taz- I would be happy to help you out any way I can to get your foot into dispatching or on the line which ever you decided to go into. You really don’t need the training but it does help to start out with at least the basic firefighting so it’s not that hard to realize what the people out on the line are talking about. My training at first consisted of D-110 which is expanded dispatcher or mostly ordering what a fire needs from overhead to crews. I then started Initial Attack Dispatching locally and haven’t stopped since. My daughter took the same class as me during the same time but her love is working the line, she just doesn’t like being indoors. This year I took more classes for fireline so that it will help me better understand what my guys are going through. Most of the firefighters in the class were really appreciative that I wanted to learn more. Like the saying goes “If you think you know all you need to know about firefighting you better get out of the business”

As far as fire guys giving you a hard time if you decided to work the line let me tell you, The guys that my daughter has worked with have taken her under their wing and take care of her. Sometimes I think somebody needs to take care of them from her. She’s 5ft 2in. and 100lbs but can work with the best of them from falling to digging line and if something doesn’t feel right she will be the first to let you know. The guys I have worked with from all over the US have treated me with nothing but respect also. Taz, just by reading what you have posted I believe that you will go far. Please let me know If you would like help and please have your FF read FamilySaid because I think it might open his eyes toward what you want to do.

My FF is back home in the South. He does get to come and see me in October for a week and then I don’t know when I will get to see him again. I always promised myself I would never date a FF because of the work and the worrying but I went overboard last year when I met this one. Not only did I go out with him I fell in love with somebody who lives 2000 miles away from me. Maybe someday we will be in the same vicinity. It’s been 15 months and I can’t believe that were still together. Is that a sign that this may last?
Gotta Go. Early morning at work and it’s 1a.m. Thanks for listening to me. You all have become instant friends to me.

Southern Loving

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